First digital dome theater to feature natural spatial sound
The Multimedia Dome, the first digital dome theater to feature natural spatial sound, envelops visitors in a fascinating universe of video pictures and sounds – with superb acoustics at all seats.Making its first public appearance at the IFA international consumer electronics fair in Berlin, the Multimedia Dome is the first digital dome theater to feature natural spatial sound: it envelops visitors in fascinating universe of video pictures and sound. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology FIRST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, the Multimedia Dome can be admired at the Science and Technology Forum TWF (Berlin, Germany). The Multimedia Dome measures 4.5 meters in diameter. It is equipped around its circumference with an array of almost 100 loudspeakers, which form part of the IOSONO wave field synthesis system developed at the IDMT.
The sound they produce is distinctly superior to that offered by a conventional movie theater using systems like Dolby Digital. This dome projection system gives the audience the sensation of being completely immersed in the action. This makes it suitable for use not only in planetariums but also in movie theaters, theme parks, simulators and multimedia installations.